Sunday, August 24, 2014
George KamauGeorge Kiiru Kamau of Kenya, known locally as Miti Mingi (Many Trees), worked for the forestry commission, gaining an understanding of the role of trees in stabilizing the climate and preventing soil erosion. He developed his one-acre farm as an example for others.
He encourages farmers to have tree nurseries. He enlisted schools in tree planting programmes, part of this is that each child plants and looks after a tree throughout their school life. In his house he has efficient wood-burning stoves that use minimal amounts of firewood, and photovoltaic cells on the roof of his house to run his computer and TV, to charge his mobile phone and to provide light after dark. He also demonstrates imaginative methods of soil conservation and storing water in underground tanks to prevent evaporation.